Traditions, foods and history
What is Hanukkah
Also known as a top, people play with dreidels on Hanukkah for fun. Jews play it because it is a fun pastime for both children and adults. This game has an ancient history. The dreidel has 4 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, printed on each of its side, and they are Nun, Gimel, Hay and Shin. The way you play is if you get Nun, you don't win nor lose, you do nothing. Gimmel, you win the whole pot. Hay, you win half the pot, and Shin, you have to put something in the pot. Then it goes on to the next player and continues in a circle till someone won everything. This used to be a game of life or death to the Greek Syrians. They took this game very seriously. They tried to change the Jews to Greek Syrians by being nice and offering them to play dreidel with them. The Jews stayed loyal to their religion, except for a small portion who became Hellenized. This is now a game of fun and a time for everyone to get together and have a good time.
Click below to see the dreidel song. Once your on the link website, scroll down a bit and watch the video!!!!